In a Vase on Monday: Not What They Seem

With a very restricted choice of blooms, I had had these Leucojum vernum or ‘spring snowflakes’ in mind for several days, and fortunately they were still blooming happily on the edge of the woodland when I went to pick them yesterday.

Often mistaken for snowdrops by those with limited plant knowledge, they are both of the Amaryllidaceae family but have been long recognised as different species. Blooms of these leucojum and the taller L aestivum or summer snowflake are always bell shaped with 6 identical green-spotted petals, and lack the huge variation seen amongst true snowdrops or galanthus. Today they were joined in my vase by leaves of Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’ and a sprig of ivy berries, the current caviare of the local berry-eating bird population.

Looking for something dark to place the material in, to reflect the blackness of the berries, I eventually chanced upon these chicken egg cups – at least that’s what I think they are! If you wanted to eat an egg out of one, or use it as a vase, the chicken would be standing on its back as it is here, much to the bemusement of the other chicken.

You may not have any blooms in your garden, but what about twigs or seedheads? Or maybe indoor bulbs? IAVOM is a big box, but please feel free to think outside out of it. If you do find material for a vase or eggcup or other receptacle today, then please consider sharing it with us by leaving the usual links to and from this post.

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29 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Not What They Seem

  1. the running wave says:

    A lovely selection of winter garden plants Cathy! I love the arum leaf. i have a pot of those by the garden gate, doing their lovely thing! I also have a post prepared and a pretty little vase of snowdrops all photographed and ready to show you on the new blog but – as per my email to you a few minutes ago – they simply won’t load. I am going to have to enlist some help to work out how to reduce the size of the jpeg I think. Ho hum! With you in spirit IAVOM bloggers, and hope to rejoin next week! Amanda

  2. Those arum leaves really show off the flowers well… stunning arrangement, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      I look forward to when I can see friends to give posies again!!

      • Diana Studer says:

        We stood outside on the pavement … at a careful distance … in masks. But I did get to see her smiling eyes!

        I know your IAVOM from krisp’s weekly support. Now I appreciate the extra readers you have brought me, have skimmed your posts (open garden, DEEP respect!) and added you to my Feedly.

        • Cathy says:

          Aw, that’s good to know – masks hide a lot, but the eyes do a lot of talking! Thanks for popping in and seeing what we are all about – and do come again!

  3. love the restricted color palette, my favorite greens, whites and greys. And the chicken egg cups?cute. Hope it is warmer in your garden…

  4. Noelle M says:

    Those eggcups are so ‘funny’, I love the matt finish and they show up your winter flowerers and foliage beautifully. Here is my IVOM:

  5. bcparkison says:

    i do have Arum that has come back beautifully after the lawn man cut it dawn by mistake.

  6. Kris P says:

    That’s a lovely composition, Cathy, and I enjoyed the amusing egg cups too. Leucojum is a close as we can get to snowdrops in my part of the world and even those struggle – it’ll be interesting to see if mine return at all this year given our extremely low rainfall. However, we don’t have snow or ice either so our climate does offer some consolations. Mine is a long post today as IAVOM and Bloom Day intersect:

  7. Cathy I love Leucojum vernun, Arum leaves and ivy berries – I really like how they fit together. I love the egg cup you’ve used as a hen-shaped vase – it’s gorgeous, charming, and fun. It looks great with flowers, leaves and berries: magnificent, divine, wonderful, I love it. And the chicken egg companion looking at the vase is a great, funny, beautiful scene: I love it. Cathy take good care of you and your husband and keep you safe. Have a very good week. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  8. pbmgarden says:

    I do love your clever presentation Cathy. The berries really accentuate the design and I love the Leucojum. It’s so wet and dreary here I haven’t even been out today–the ground is just mush. Have a good week.

  9. Suzassippi says:

    What a lovely idea and a lovely posey! There is naught here right now but snow and ice packing down the daffodils and jonquils that had just begun to emerge.

  10. Cathy says:

    I love the arum leaves. And your chickens! Leucojum (both spring and summer snowflakes) flower much later here. I must check which I planted last autumn. Still snowy here, and it has been -16°C overnight! But milder weather is forecast and perhaps I will find something next week to share!

    • Cathy says:

      Gosh, minus 16 – your snow will not be going in a hurry then… Hope you are warm and cosy yourselves. The summer snowflake is usually a but later, but not much, although it seems to be later than usual this year and is nowhere near flowering yet

  11. Chloris says:

    I love your chickens, specially the surprised upside down one. Marbled arum leaves are perfect with snowdrops and leucojums. I don’t think mine are out yet, I must go and look.

  12. tonytomeo says:

    Those snowflakes are what I grow instead of snowdrops. I would not have selected them, but they just showed up in one of the landscapes. I happen to like them as an excuse to not grow snowdrops. (I dislike trendiness.) However, they do not bloom reliably as winter ends like snowdrops do. They bloom whenever they want to, and at different times each year.

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